Dewsbury, Is your boiler winter ready?

Dewsbury, Is your boiler winter ready?

Dewsbury, Is your boiler winter ready?

The UK is moving closer and closer to turning on boilers all over the country. The warmer months are drawing to a close, the nights getting darker, and winter is in sight. From Dundee to Dewsbury, people are packing away the garden furniture and swapping it for their central heating system and a cup of hot chocolate.

Almost half of Brits turned their boilers on in mid-October, meaning that there is only a couple of weeks to go to ensure that boilers are in working order. So what should you do to prepare your central heating for the cold weather?

Annual boiler services

A regular boiler service is the easiest way to avoid boiler breakdowns and make sure everything is in top working order. It is best to get your boiler checked before the cold weather really kicks in, so you can be assured that your boiler is in great working order just when you need it. Months of non-use can create problems in gas appliances, and these problems can lead to central heating system failures when the appliance begins operating in winter. Boilers should be serviced every year in order to ensure that they are safe and efficient for your family.

Insulate pipes

When the weather drops below zero, standing water in your pipes can freeze, which can block up your plumbing system. As water expands when it turns into ice, frozen pipes are also particularly likely to rupture and break. Pipe insulation is a simple, cost-effective solution to this problem.

Similar to boiler services, plumbing insulation will not only reduce your likelihood of home emergencies, but will also improve the energy efficiency of your central heating and save you money in the long-term.

Check your pressure and radiators

Take a look at your boiler’s water pressure to see if your boiler needs the pressure reducing, or if you need to call out an engineer to take a look at it. If the pressure is too low, you may be able to bring it back up to the right pressure without any difficulty, but if it is too high, you might need to speak with a Gas Safe engineer.

The start of winter is also a good time to bleed radiators. This will ensure that your central heating operates efficiently – if there is air trapped in the radiator, then it will not warm up as well as it would if it was full of water, and might not even properly warm up at all.

Run a practice test

Although it isn’t too cold outside just know, it is important to take a practice run of using your central heating system for a few hours before you really need it. This will allow you to discover whether or not it is working properly before the harsh winter weather arrives, enabling you to arrange central heating repairs when the weather is still somewhat pleasant if necessary.

Is your boiler winter ready? It will be after these simple steps!